Looking For Markers That Don’t Bleed? I’ve Got You Covered!
Are you frustrated that it can be hard to find a set of markers with vibrant colors, great application, but don’t bleed through everything? Well you’re in good company.
This month I walked right into a great opportunity to give a permanent fabric marker set an honest evaluation – that’s right, on the house so I could test-drive ’em – Now I haven’t colored on fabric in a long time, but hey, this old dog can learn some new tricks right?
In a nutshell, I recieved 2 marker sets to test and evaluate – one set that did have slight underbleed, and a second set labeled as “minimal bleed”. How did it go with them both and which was the best choice for someone looking for a marker set that doesn’t bleed? I will share it here.
What items did I review?
- Crafts4All Dual Tip Permanent Fabric Marker Set with 12 Colors
- Minimal Bleed variation set with 20 colors
The first set I received at discount – they came 12 to the box with fine and broad dual tips. The caps are not recessed to indicate which side is the skinny one; it’s indicated on the side. You also have to twist off the cap – don’t pull on it. The markers are squarish in shape.
Non Bleed Marker Features
- The regular set also comes in a 36 color set (2 are black) which includes a cute black bag.
- Garments are machine washable and fade resistant in water temps of 30C (86F) and below.
- Non-toxic and kid-safe (>3 years and up) with minimal supervision
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My Art Marker Review: Performance
Naturally I was very excited to get started! I don’t have lots of “test” materials around, but one thing I do have is one of those drop cloths. I cut out a little square from it and proceeded to autograph it in both pen thicknesses. There was a little bleed, which is to be expected, from the first set.
Drop cloths are made from a type of canvas fabric which can withstand the bleed…things like tote bags, oxford white sneakers, and perhaps denim, work great.
So before I knew it, I took it one step further with a genuine artists’ canvas and sketched out this rose. In my video you can see up close – I can’t remember if I used “Pale Purple” or “Light Violet”, as the former was closer to appearing pink, even though this set didn’t have a pink per-se.
Are These Markers Permanent?
Glad to report – yes:) The manufacturer recommends cool water temps and gentle detergents to minimize fading. Turning your garment inside out too helps, something I’ve always been sure to do first.
Also these markers do not smear, I am happy to report. I may have gotten a little smudge here or there that was inevitable on my hands. And yes, just about all permanent markers for fabric have a distinctive aroma to them, including this set.
However you won’t notice it much (Unless you are deliberately inhaling, shame on you) I think my old Sharpies are smellier.
Verdict on Non Bleed Fabric Markers
The owner seemed quite congenial, and as a thoughtful gesture I was invited to try out the minimal bleed marker set variation too! Not only are there 20 markers included, but they also come with a cute little storage bag as well.
There are some superficial differences to note – the barrel color is white with little “stars” on the end tips. Some of the colors were the same as those I received in the original set so I have no idea if they were selected at random, but it’s quite a gamut.
There is always a need for “basic” colors to do the groundwork of your design like black, brown and red (e.g. outlining) which were certainly in the batch.
That’s when I fell into this rhythm and started carrying out, you guessed it…a piece of artwork! In my video I pretty much “go there”. After all…a canvas is a type of fabric, too, right??
I am also pleased to mention that the company owner asked if it was OK to share my demo videos on their Facebook page, so of course I was glad to oblige!
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And even though I got a little ahead of myself in artwork I did put them to work on a garment of mine that I had designed years ago, but the picture was fading…no time like the present to bring it back to life again.
To recap, working with slightly heavier or stiffer fabrics is best; I would not use these for silk, satin, tulle, ribbons, things like that. Although these are professional quality in terns of permanent markers for fabric go, stiffer fabrics allow the ink to “grab” better.
So if your idea is an intricate one you’ll have an easier time without a lot of slipping and sliding…the garment shown in the left image is a 50/50 cotton-poly blend that many T-shirts are made from. I used a piece of cardboard segued between the front and back for a smooth workflow.